Horses provide us with a dramatic view of how our leadership skills and team work measure up. Many employees have been socialized into hiding feelings and reactions in the work place, especially from their leaders. Horses will tell you in no uncertain terms how you’re affecting them — if you pay attention to the right signals. They hold up a mirror for those of us in leadership positions that we simply do not get from those who work with and for us.
Horses don’t care about titles or degrees, pay scales or professional status symbols. They have no hidden agendas. They respond to us in ways that are immediate, transparent, and honest. They can’t be bullied into partnership. They react in direct proportion to a person’s ability to lead. Horses are master coaches who can show us when we are:
- Present or absent in conversation
- Aligned in our walk and talk
- Congruent with our bodies and feelings
- Clear about our purpose and what we are asking
- Pretending or judging
Horses can provide rich learning experiences to help leaders and work teams build a greater sense of cohesion, improve communications, and gain a deeper experience of ‘right relationship’ with others.